Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Head cheese

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2005 at 12:00 AM

With chunky guitar lines that reprise the sprightly verve of classic snotty chord ’n’ clang dealers — from Buzzcocks to Propaghandi — Chicago’s Lawrence Arms blow doors on their paint-by-numbers peers. With a melodic cushion pierced with witty social and political commentary, they could be the bratty cousins of...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Head cheese

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Before the Cro-Mags, Murphy’s Law or Sick of It All, there was Agnostic Front. Led by singer Roger Miret and guitarist Vinnie Stigma, they were the godfathers of the abrasive and abusive cacophony that is NYC hardcore. Launched in 1982, they gigged Sunday matinees at CBGBs before releasing 1984’s...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Head Cheese

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2005 at 12:00 AM

“We’re the heaviest band in Omaha — by weight,” says singer-guitarist Jake Bellows of Neva Dinova, probably the only band in Omaha not signed to Saddle Creek. Yet they’ve been making music for more than a dozen years. Many are great ballads about dysfunction and bad attitude, such as...

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Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Head cheese

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2005 at 12:00 AM

You could say that Atlanta’s Mastodon smashes to bits the extreme metal mold. Like peers Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastodon’s testes-shriveling bottom-end serves as a leap-off point for a din that mixes the prog sense and technical wizardry of, dare we say, King Crimson, with the blunt face-blast of Slayer....

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